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    Earthquake Damage at Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.


    An earthquake today rattling Washington, D.C. toppled spires atop a tower of the Washington National Cathedral.  The stone spires fell to the ground.  The building was evacuated and the Cathedral and Grounds were closed.


    You can see how the spires on the central tower are toppled, with only one stone spire remaining with the capstone on top.


    TV crews and satellite trucks were setting up to record the damage as shown in the last picture.


    The Cathedral sits atop Mount St. Albans in Washington, D.C.  It is seen from miles away.  The intricate stone carving by craftsmen was not able to withstand the swaying and shaking caused by the earthquake even though the epicenter was 2 hours away in Southern Virginia.

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